Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge

The bridge, which was first built in 1897 and then rebuilt in 1927, was closed to vehicles from 1985 to 2006 although remained open for foot traffic and recreational users.
After more than $600,000 was raised by the trust and other donors, it was repaired and reopened. The scheme included a buy-a-plank initiative, where a donation saw the donor's name engraved on the bridge.https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/92829223/truck-blamed-for-damage-to-historic-wooden-suspension-bridge-in-taranaki

Sadly, the entrance to the bridge looks like this now.  A truck driver that shouldn't have been on the bridge did a lot of damage and ruined it for all of us. In exchange for not publishing the truck's company, the company paid $60,000 for all the repairs.


savage club

I have to say that moving to a country of the British Empire has opened my eyes to many things that were not a part of American culture. 
One of the many things that I've notice here and there are signs for 'Savage Club'--mostly on repurposed churches or houses. Hubby recently pointed out one in a nearby town and I finally got around to checking them out. The truth about the Savage Club came as quite a surprise--although, I really didn't know what to expect.

It seems that there are many mild, artistic souls that wanted a place to gather for fellowship and support that started in the mid 1800's. You can click here for more information and history.


was it ever there?

This photo was taken in 2015. We didn't drive past very often but always looked to see how long it would last.

I took this shot in November or 2019. Sadly you wouldn't know there was ever a house there unless you knew better.